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Questions tagged [discussion]

The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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Does this question really show research effort; is it really useful and clear?

Recently I have seen an uptick in questions from new users that have clearly been asked without even performing a cursory search in the topic, which have nonetheless received upvotes in the two-digit ...
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Do we need to clarify we have no afilliation with Musk's companies?

From time to time I see a question that appears to have come from someone who thinks they are asking a question of SpaceX rather than a StackExchange community. Is there anything we can do to avoid ...
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Are third party robots editing my posts and removing my sentences?

The comment on this edit says: Comment: broken image fixed (click 'rendered output' to see the difference); for more info, see https://gist.github.com/Glorfindel83/9d954d34385d2ac2597bbe864466259f ...
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Defining requirements for hypothetical-invention questions

The idea of a hypothetical-invention tag seems to be gaining mild acceptance: https://space.meta.stackexchange.com/a/1167/58 If we're going to have this tag, we should probably first establish what ...
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Why delete a question with so many well-written and received answers?

The question Why does the Mars InSight Lander look wet like a cardboard box that came in contact with water? [closed] may have a conspiracy theorist bent but it was handled well and has three very ...
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Can I ask the moderator to judge on a closed question? [duplicate]

In this question I ask why a question was a duplicate because in my opinion there were no specific answers to it. Can I ask the moderator to judge if there was a good reason to close this question, ...
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Why should the question below be closed when there is no specific answer to it?

The question "Does a credible Kármán plane reach escape velocity within 1 minute or does it follow the curvature of the Earth ?" was closed because it would have an answer from the already closed ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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You say tomato, I say tomato, you say Ultima Thule, I say 2014-MU69. How to deal with dual names and tags?

I created 2014-mu69 a year and a half ago but they've since nick-named the asteroid Ultima Thule and people use that a lot. It currently has 8 questions and no doubt in the next week it will get more,...
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What is the utility of moving the hyperlink for a bit of information as far from the information as conceivably possible?

This well-sourced answer in its current form (revision 4) has several numerical values and block-quoted snippets. All are cited using an ancient Earth custom known as "footnoting", which is okay, ...
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Using the diaeresis ( ¨ ) in questions and answers?

Before this blows up in edit and comment wars (it is already happening), I want to get meta consensus on what to do. One particular user prefers to use an uncommon variant spelling for certain words: ...
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Dealing with possible copyright violations or plagiarism?

I have noticed that a lot of questions and answers include images and quotes without attribution. In many instances images are used that aren't licensed for reüse1. In some instances I have found ...
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Why are “edit callouts” being removed from other people's posts?

I had an edit to a post that removed an "EDIT:" flag from one of my posts. I see this as counterproductive and obfuscatory. Stack Exchange has a tools and cues throughout the interface that allows ...
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A “Follow” feature

I believe this feature is popular across many social platforms - Follow. It means you get notified once the user you're following has new activity, post etc. I've seen some users here in Space SE (...
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Are we downvoting too much?

I've noticed a few questions lately where the question was downvoted because the questioner didn't understand the physics behind his question. This one for example: a question about exceeding light ...
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How many variants of the “Was Karman wrong?” question is enough for one user?

In addition to my answer there, I've just added the comment -1 "If von Kármán is right with his description of the Kármán line..." That sentence misrepresents ...
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Slightly nonstandard questions from new users frequently getting the silent, drive-by insta-close votes, can something be done?

I feel like there is a handful of users who stop by the site thinking "let's see, what can I close today?" or "Hmm... what looks particularly close-able?" I am sure that's not the case, or at least ...
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Ways to indicate decimal and thousands demarkations? Possible personal “best practice” to adopt?

I've seen a few situations where the different ways to write numbers with more than three digits has become a small topic of discussion itself within comments. One case is the use of a period versus ...
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How/where to leave a comment for a user with only a deleted answer?

I'd like to leave a message for the author of this deleted answer encouraging them to undelete. I left the following comment below my question Where is the “antenna farm” from which this Soyuz ...
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How to get a link to an old question of mine, possibly deleted?

I am looking for an old question of mine that (I believe) asked about the largest number of different kinds of satellites in one payload. I also believe I included a yellow-room photo of the Kanopus-V-...
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What might a tag for the disabling, neutralization, or passivation of a spacecraft at EOM or some subsystem be called?

I couldn't find a good tag for the disabling, neutralization, or passivation of a spacecraft at EOM, or some subsystem thereof when no longer needed, when posting the question Have all of InSight's ...
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What is our definition of “space agency”?

In support of the meta question "Role of country tags", I think it would be helpful for us to define what we mean by a space agency. Wikipedia defines space agencies as government agencies engaged ...
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Is voting to close a question for “primarily opinion-based answers” while answering with fact exercising faulty logic, or even gamesmanship?

The question Will Scotland require a space agency? Is there one in the works? was insta-closed, but not before one of the closers also wrote a well-received, fact-based answer to it. I find the logic ...
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What is going on with these Mars questions with female astronauts?

In past about 5 days I have seen almost 6 to 7 Female on Mars questions. Which feels like a lot of repeatation. How do we prevent or deal with these kind of questions?
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Did title wrapping change? What is El ectron?

The rocket formerly know as Electron has a new name, El ectron. Am I imagining things, or did the wrapping of question title change in the edit window? I thought it always did compete word wrap ...
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Two SpaceX Dragon tags, is clarification needed?

In the question What is SpaceX's parachute problem that NASA is concerned about in the NASA ASAP report? I needed a Dragon capsule tag. There are two to choose from: dragon and dragon-v2 Do we need ...
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What might these silent close-voters' reasons have been? How might I address them?

I just wrote the comment: This question asks about decisions made within the US government and so can have a factual answer. Insta-closing prevents such answers from being written. I am not ...
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How to cross post a question correctly?

In this question one of the comments said the question below should be in Worldbuilding.SE. From what I understand it is a place where writers go to ask questions. Still not sure really but it is not ...
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Bad physics in accepted answer, what to do? (if anything)

This answer is currently accepted. I believe the physics is wrong, since conservation of angular momentum prevents a satellite from raising its orbit around a spherically symmetric body by using only ...
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Role of country tags

The russia and china tags are used on 63 questions and 20 questions respectively. I've asked two questions that seem to be about the US space program and government positions, so I've created united-...
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How did my question become untagged?

I just received a notification of a suggested edit https://space.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/16868 which would change my question from the untagged tag to an actual tag. I'm just curious ...
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Opinions on recurring (not duplicate) questions? [duplicate]

Some questions are structured in such a way that they could be asked in the future, and get a completely different answer. For example, "Who's "winning" with launch rate?" was recently ...
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Should the space-history and history tags be merged?

"space-history" is little used, showing up 4 times. "history" has ~ 200 appearances. Perhaps "space-history" is redundant given the nature of the site.
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What is a good reason to have many comments?

When is it ok to have extended comments? I have a question that has many valuable comments and don't want them to disappear into chat. Why are to many comments frowned on again? I would like to ...
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Have there been more closed/duplicate questions recently than usual?

I try to do my civic duty and vote on the review queues. To that end, I have noticed a large number of close votes during the past two weeks. Is this amount typical? Perhaps a user who has been ...
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Synonym [astronauts] and [astronaut]

astronauts is the more used of the two. astronaut has only 5 questions.
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Did the editing of this post go way overboard, like “six-sigma” overboard?

A recent question has gone through an aggressive and almost continuous revision process even though: An answer was posted soon after the question was posted OP was reminded several times on this ...
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Why was my highly up-voted question with several highly up-voted answers suddenly deleted? (69 up votes total)

The following posts (and all of their reputation?) was all deleted on 08-Aug-2018, two months after all of the activity. This all happened on the one question linked below. Why? Why two months later?...
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Does the astro-biology tag apply to all life in space, ever?

@Conelisinspace shouldn't the astrobiology tag be for non terrestrial native life forms? I don't think it applies to tardigrades any more than it does to to mold, plants, mice, or people on the ...
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Can bigger bounties have longer expiration dates?

Is it possible to refine bounties to have longer expiration dates? What would be the down side? Is this something that can be changed just for SE.SE? It would encourage more bounties.
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What happens when time runs out on a bounty for a question with no answer?

On SE.SE when a question isn't answered to give a bounty to can the time be extended on the bounty? Does the bounty get refunded? Can a diamagnetic sail satellite work using Earth's ...
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How to make this question better

This question Can a satellite utilize gravity gradient stabiliazation and passive stabilization together? is severely flawed, despite some attempt to improve it. Since the flaws are often found in ...
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Can we have a [pollution] tag?

I asked a question about jettisoned rocket parts residing in the ocean, and tagged it with waste, but this tag was removed in an edit, presumably because most other instances of this tag relate waste ...
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Options for posting incidental python scripts or other code?

I like to include short, one-off python scripts with a post now and then. Sometimes the script is central to the post so I include it as a code block within the post the same way it's done in other SE ...
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What might a campaign to improve tag definitions and wiki's look like?

Question: What might be a good way to incentivize and/or promote the generation of definitions and wikis for undocumented or under-documented tags in this site? I'm trying to think of perhaps some ...
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How does one reask something that has changed since it was previously asked?

Ive been sorting by most votes on questions and occasionally come across something for 2014. Usually Sometimes these articles end with "we dont know but probe X in 1-3 years will give us that ...
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What is the [shuttle-shuttle] tag for?

Title pretty much says it all. What is the [shuttle-shuttle] tag for? How is it different from space-shuttle?
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Places to host reference documents?

I am referencing a document, the Apollo Mission Simulator Instructor Handbook Volume 1, that I can't find on the internet. I see no reason why I shouldn't post this and make it generally available. ...
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How to determine when a question should or should not be duped to “…Moon landings are real?”

I'm a little confused. I was under the impression that questions which attempted to raise conspiracy theories or challenge facts related to the Apollo Moon landings might be marked as duplicate to "...
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Ice, [ice], baby?

I submitted an excerpt for ice, but I realized that not all the existing questions were about extra-terrestrial ice (e.g. 1, 2). Trying to shove rocket ice into that mix introduces double meanings, ...